Legally Bound by J.R. Gray ~ Review by Caroline

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Title: Legally Bound

Author: J.R. Gray

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

The last thing Daniel, a hard-working public defender, expected to see the morning after a one night stand was his hook-up staring back at him from the wrong side of the law. Assigned to work his case, Daniel vows to keep things professional with Rafael but has a hard time controlling his craving for dominance, the control, and the connection they shared. Rafael, a paid Dominant in the Chicago underworld, has been dealing with a cop problem for far too long. Used to sex with no emotion, he’s entranced with Daniel’s submission, his innocence, and…could there be something more? Can Daniel clear Rafael’s name, keeping him out of jail and in his life, with the odds, a cop, and the mounting evidence against them?

Be Warned: m/m sex, BDSM, branding, flogging, caning, whipping

My View

Daniel is one of the best public defenders there is. After a one night stand which involved some damn good sex he is stunned to find his latest hook up in the dock the following morning on a charge of prostitution. Not only was Daniel very attracted to the man but he can’t believe he fell for a hooker.

The story isn’t complicated but it is fast paced and maintains your interest.  There are all sorts of juicy twists including a very ‘dirty’ cop with a sadistic obsession. Rafael is the bad boy who has had a hard life and is trying to keep himself on the right side of the law. Daniel is drawn to his dominant tendencies but has to try and resolve within himself that he is having a relationship not only with a client but a criminal.  Regardless of how hard he tries to stay away he keeps getting pulled back which is not only dangerous for his career but is affecting his relationship with Jesse.

Rafael is a pay for hire Dom who isn’t interested in a relationship. Daniel’s immediate and complete submission to the man has him intrigued and despite all the problems in his life he finds he can’t walk away from the man. I found, after starting as quite the cold character, the more I got to know about Rafael the more I liked and understood him.

There were a couple of niggles for me. The story would have benefited from a final proof read/edit as there were a few mistakes that whilst they didn’t detract from the story they were distracting.  The other maybe personal to me as a reader but it was the different words used for a character in particular Rafael.  ‘The male’ or ‘the dominant’ were used a lot.  In some cases where ‘the male’ was used instead of a name I found it difficult to follow who I was actually reading about and felt it interrupted the flow of the story.

There were some excellent secondary characters and without a doubt I think we will be seeing more of George otherwise known as The King. He is the top dog of Doms very well respected and extremely fierce. He has a natural dominance and adds a lot to the story.

The first relationship you come across in this book is Daniel and Jesse.  They have the kind of friendship that a lot of people yearn for. They are comfortable with each other and have a chemistry between them that comes from knowing each other so well…. That being said, Jesse is hiding a secret that Daniel is completely blind to initially and deserves his own story.

I look forward to Book 2 in the series and very much hope we see George and Jesse.

Buy Links:

Evernight Publishing
Amazon
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank JR Gray for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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